From adoption, a dog rescue is born
BY DENISE M. BARAN-UNLAND Correspondent August 19, 2013 2:34PM
Charlie is a 4-year-old border collie mix that behaves like a big teddy bear. All Herding Breeds Dog Rescue acquired Charlie from Texas after his owner died. Charlie had faced euthanization because no one could care for him. | Supplied photo
Updated: September 21, 2013 6:07AM
Lois Carberry of Joliet Township couldn’t believe her friend had turned down a beautiful Australian cattle dog because it was a mixed breed.
So when the dog was offered to Carberry, she said, “Sure, why not?”
“She was just a little over a year old — very sweet — and with a patch over one eye,” Carberry said.
That was in 1987. Little did Carberry know that adopting Spuds would lead to her founding All Herding Breed Dog Rescue in August 2012.
Although the rescue helps all herding breeds, its concentration is on Australian cattle dogs, Australian shepherds and border collies.
All Herding Breed Dog Rescue recently celebrated its first anniversary with a fundraising picnic that included 150 people and at least half as many dogs, food, silent auction, raffles, demos (agility, obedience and Frisbee), a trick class, on-site sheep for herding and a reunion of past foster dogs.
Proceeds will help pay general rescue expenses: food kennels, medical care, heartworm treatments, vaccinations, spays and neuters and microchipping, said volunteer Pam Bengtson of Homer Glen.
“The picnic was more about goodwill and reunion to those who adopted and for all of us to stay in touch, more of a family reunion,” Bengtson said. “It was incredible to see many of our rescues with their forever families, happy and loved.”
Carberry realized the need for a herding breed rescue after she acquired and showed more cattle dogs. During that time, Carberry saw owners abandon many handsome and intelligent dogs because they didn’t “make it” in the show circuit, she said.
“These dogs are very trainable and their loyalty is phenomenal,” Carberry said. “So I started fostering and eventually opened my own rescue.”
The rescue has 25 volunteers, Carberry said. In addition to Carberry and Bengtson, core volunteers of All Herding Breed Dog Rescue are Katrina Knafl of Lockport, Robin Carberry of Joliet, and Carol Yohanan of Evanston.
Typically, All Herding Breed Dog Rescue cares for a high volume of dogs, an average of 40. Most dogs come from kill shelters in Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Many have medical issues, Carberry said.
Some dogs are heartworm positive and require treatment, which can cost more than $500 per dog, Bengtson said. Heartworm-free dogs that the rescue acquires receive preventative medication.
Other dogs that come into the rescue have been hit by cars.
“We’ve even taken in a couple of three-legged dogs,” Carberry said.
Thanks to the Internet, Carberry said, rescues can locate and transport these dogs. As a result, she said, many high-kill shelters now only euthanize 20 percent to 30 percent of their animals as opposed to the 80 percent to 90 percent previously.
“Granted there might be crates holding eight puppies,” Carberry said, “but we’re still getting them out of the shelters.”
Foster care at All Herding Breed Dog Rescue helps dogs learn socialization. Fosters may assist with general training. Additional dogs reside in the rescue’s Joliet shelter facility, Carberry said.
Occasionally, the rescue will accept dogs relinquished by their owners, but the rescue prefers to help cash-strapped families with gifts of dog food and other necessities. This allows the owners to keep their dogs and frees up space for other dogs facing extermination.
All dogs rescued by All Herding Breed Dog Rescue remain with the rescue until they’re placed in a permanent home, whether that takes two weeks or two years. The rescue pays for all the dog’s expenses while in foster care, although some foster parents do buy the food, Carberry said.
Prospective owners visit the rescue’s site and complete an adoption application. A home visit helps optimize matches, as some dogs are more energetic than others, although that is not universal, Carberry said.
“I’ve seen some border collies that would not look at a ball even if it was covered in bacon grease,” Carberry said.
Perhaps the feature that makes All Herding Breed Dog Rescue a success is the commitment and dedication of its volunteers.
“It’s not about who’s doing this or who’s not doing enough,” Carberry said. “It’s all about the dogs.”
For more information, visit www.allherdingbreeddogrescue.com.